A few months ago I asked a question about asking very specific questions about a paper. Now, I would really like to ask for a general overview and explanation of the main ideas of an entire paper.
Since I think it is relevant, let me mention the paper in question. I am trying to read Lawvere's Categories of space and quantity. This paper does not contain a single formula or mathematical symbol (except maybe two or three numbers). It is (in my opinion) extremely terse both in language and mathematical content. On the other hand, the bits of it I can understand are fascinating.
Now, I really don't think posting dozens of questions about specific sentences from the paper makes much sense, especially since many of them are in a sense philosophical, and at the very least answers would be opinion based. I do however feel that an expert could (if inclined) explain what Lawvere is trying to say in a couple of paragraphs - especially the philosophical gist of things.
Is it okay to ask something like "what is the essence of this article by Lawvere?" on MO?
Answers like "you're not ready to read it yet" and "it'll be obvious when you understand" are (I think) not very helpful.